Ear Disorders Specialist

Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists

Audiology & Otolaryngology located in Petoskey, MI & Gaylord, MI

Ear disorders range from middle ear infections and congenital malformations to conditions that cause permanent hearing loss. The team at Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in Petoskey and Gaylord, Michigan, has extensive experience providing individualized treatment for the full scope of ear disorders in both children and adults. If you or a loved one is experiencing ear pain or hearing loss, call Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.

Ear Disorders Q & A

What problems cause ear pain?

Numerous ear disorders cause ear pain, including:

Middle ear infection

Otitis media, more commonly known as a middle ear infection, develops when a cold, allergy, or upper respiratory infection introduces bacteria or viruses into the ear. The infection causes inflammation and fluid buildup.

Ruptured eardrum

Middle ear infections, severe air pressure changes, loud sounds, and foreign objects in the ear can rupture the eardrum.

Earwax buildup

Earwax, also called cerumen, protects your ears. When earwax builds up, however, it can cause pain, ringing in the ear, itchiness, and discharge.

Swimmer’s ear

This painful ear condition also known as external otitis develops when bacteria, or less commonly, viruses, cause an infection in the outer ear.

Infections outside the ear

A sore throat, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, cavities, and tooth abscesses can all lead to ear pain.

Eustachian tube dysfunction

When the eustachian tube becomes inflamed, fluid accumulates in the middle ear, and the pressure affects the eardrum, which causes pain.

What is Meniere’s disease?

Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder that most often appears in adults ages 30-50. Its symptoms include:

  • Vertigo
  • Hearing loss
  • Ear pressure
  • Tinnitus

These symptoms can appear at unpredictable times and vary in intensity, frequency, and duration.

The doctors at Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists can help you avoid episodes by identifying your triggers. They also treat your symptoms with options such as medications, injections, positive pressure therapy, and balance rehabilitation. However, there’s currently no known cure for Meniere’s disease or the hearing loss it causes.

What is otosclerosis?

Three small bones in your middle ear vibrate to amplify sound vibrations as they travel to the inner ear. When you have otosclerosis, one of the bones becomes stuck in place. As a result, sound can’t travel through the ear and your hearing is impaired.

The hearing loss, which starts in one ear and spreads to the other, is usually gradual. At first, you’ll have a hard time hearing low-pitched sounds or a whisper. You may also develop problems such as dizziness or tinnitus.

Treatment options include a hearing aid and surgery to remove the bone and replace it with a prosthetic bone.

What is the EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System?

The EarWell Infant Ear Correction System nonsurgically corrects congenital external infant ear deformities by gently molding and reshaping the tissues. A newborn’s ears remain soft and pliable for about six weeks, so early intervention is essential.

If you or your child has an ear disorder, call Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.